Mar 14, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) is congratulated by defenseman Aaron Johnson (45) after defeating the Florida Panthers 4-1 at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Gain More Depth


Apr 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks center Dominic Moore (18) calls for the puck during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Sharks defeated the Stars 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In a seemingly quiet day for the Rangers, the team announced signings of two depth players.

One of them is Dominic Moore who will be returning to the place that started it all.

Moore, 33, took the previous year off after dealing with the loss of his wife. Returning to where it all begins is fitting for him, as he was originally tied to return to the Rangers last season, but decided to sit the season out to be with his family.

Moore, drafted 95 overall in the 2000 draft by the Rangers, will add depth at the center position. He will bring tough two way play, and will probably see time on the Rangers fourth line, due to lines 1-3 being stock piled with strong centers already. This means the possible end to Brian Boyle’s time as a Ranger. The abundance of centerman just means that there comes a time where someone becomes an odd man out, and it turns out that it quite possibly could be him. Though, there is a possibility of him playing at the wing if they decide to keep him.

Moore adds good faceoff skills, something the Rangers would like to see improved in the defensive end, he’s bounced around the league playing with Pittsburgh, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, Tampa, and San Jose tallying 185 points (67G, 118A) in the process.  His deal is a year long deal topping at $1 million.

The Rangers continued their addition on defense, signing journeyman defenseman and Rick Nash BFF Aaron Johnson.

Johnson, 30 will be more than likely their seventh defenseman, and will get spot starts for the Rangers when the team needs defensive help. He’s seen stints with the Blue Jackets, Islanders, Blackhawks, Flames, Oilers and  most recently the Bruins. While he doesn’t get a lot of playing time, a lot of teams value the extra defenseman, and you can never have enough on defense.

With Alain Vigneault really focusing on youth up front, the push to find good defensive depth should continue with the Rangers. Maybe they should focus on finding defenseman who could put pucks in the net, because Johnson does not carry an offensive punch who has 62 points (17G, 42A) in 291 career NHL games.

Johnson’s deal is another year long deal worth $600K.

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